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  •  "Law enforcement and the war on terror" (17+ / 0-)

    was always a package deal.  The response to the
    events in 2001 were a culmination of three decades of effort by the old guard to come to grips with the changes made possible, beginning in 1947 with the Federal Tort Claims Act and culminating with universal suffrage, FOIA and the 26th Amendment in 1971.  For the first time in history, the potential of government BY the people was real.  No longer were petty potentates and public officials of all stripes shielded by "sovereign immunity."  Open government requirements made a rationale for the re-imposition of secrecy (under the mantle of national security, it turned out) imperative.  Potentates can't rule when ordinary people are inspecting their every move and edict.

    The old guard thought they had found the magic bullet in the electron.  Converting all documentary evidence into electronic blips would make them easy to hide again.  Unfortunately, the electron is fickle and electronic systems are inherently unreliable, regardless of how many firewalls and lock boxes and security provisions they install.  The electron is not going to be the guarantor of American dominion. Period.

    by hannah on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:59:20 AM PDT

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